Here are some examples of how the drones revolutionized agriculture, making it more profitable, productive and sustainable.
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OCEALIA Group is a French farming cooperative with 7,200 members and nearly 900 employees. Since 2015, five drone operators have been flying the group’s two AIRINOV multiSPEC 4C sensor-equipped SenseFly eBee Ag drones in order to gain valuable fertilization data.
“The drone data is complementary to satellite imagery, which we still use for the general monitoring of our members’ crops throughout the year,” said Romain Coussy, manager of decision support tools at OCEALIA. “However, for providing quick tips on fertilization, the drone is bestadapted to the job. By using the drone for aerial crop scouting, combined with data processing and analysis from AIRINOV, plus our complementary controls, we can provide members with fertilization advice between 48 hours and four days after a flight.”
Since 2015, OCEALIA’s two drones have been used to help over 300 individual farmers, flying over 3,900 ha (9637 ac) of oilseed rape and 3300 ha (8,154 ac) of cereals like wheat, barley and triticale.
“As agronomy experts, our role at AIRINOV is to help OCEALIA’s farmers increase their yields and improve the quality of their crops – mainly cereals and oilseed rape,” said Romain Faroux, CEO and co-founder of AIRINOV. “We do this by analyzing imagery with a strong agronomic approach that goes way further than typical NDVI maps”.
“The OCEALIA farmers who have used our AIRINOV-supported drone service have recorded an average yield increase of 10%, compared to parcels analysed using traditional, non-drone methods,” said Coussy.
“This boost in yield is obviously of great value to OCEALIA’s members,” Faroux said. OCEALIA’s results are a solid, real-world example of how drone data and expert algorithmic analysis can have a real beneficial effect on farmers’ businesses.”